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Ugalde House, José Antonio Coderch, Santa & Cole

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We seek inspiration through stories and content that enhance our lives, making them more entertaining and meaningful. That is why at Santa & Cole we wanted to share the culture behind one of the projects that motivates us the most. Casa Ugalde is one of the first masterpieces of modern architect José Antonio Coderch. It is a Mediterranean story that highlights a certain way of life, simplicity and emotional sensitivity that is precisely that fostered by object editor Santa & Cole.

Mediterranean Story. Ugalde House, José Antonio Coderch

Located on the coast, in Caldes d'Estrac, a small village north of Barcelona, Casa Ugalde was commissioned by Eustaquio Ugalde in 1951. This industrial engineer, a friend of Coderch, used to walk on the hill where Casa Ugalde now stands. In that idyllic setting, surrounded by a lush Mediterranean pine forest and looking out over a spectacular panoramic sea view, the Ugalde family decided to build their house while respecting the environment. Accordingly, Coderch, in partnership with Manuel Valls, proposed a house composed of white volumes that emerged from nature, adapting to the complex topography and offering magnificent sea views. It is an irregular, open and free construction formed by unique spaces that change according to the light and that merge into the surrounding environment.

The combination of materials typical of popular Mediterranean architecture, such as natural stone walls and tiled, vaulted roofs or terracotta paving, make Casa Ugalde a landmark of modern architecture. It was selected by the prestigious Japanese magazine a+u as one of the 33 most important houses of the twentieth century worldwide, and declared by the Catalonia government to be a Cultural Asset of National Interest in 2003.

Santa & Cole's Nagoya, Tatú and Cesta family lamps enjoy privileged views in Casa Ugalde, an incomparable space.

Credits

Photography Salva López
Art direction Clara Quintana 
Texts Julia Petterson and Carolina Rojas

We seek inspiration through stories and content that enhance our lives, making them more entertaining and meaningful. That is why at Santa & Cole we wanted to share the culture behind one of the projects that motivates us the most. Casa Ugalde is one of the first masterpieces of modern architect José Antonio Coderch. It is a Mediterranean story that highlights a certain way of life, simplicity and emotional sensitivity that is precisely that fostered by object editor Santa & Cole.

Mediterranean Story. Casa Ugalde, José Antonio Coderch

Localizada en la costa, en Caldes d’Estrac, un pequeño pueblecito al norte de Barcelona, Casa Ugalde fue un encargo de Eustaquio Ugalde en 1951. Este ingeniero industrial, amigo de Coderch, solía pasear por la colina donde actualmente se encuentra Casa Ugalde. En aquel paraje idílico, rodeado de una frondosa pineda mediterránea y dominada por una espectacular panorámica del mar, los Ugalde querían construir su casa respetando el entorno. Así, Coderch, en colaboración con Manuel Valls, planteó una vivienda compuesta por volúmenes blancos que surgían de la naturaleza adaptándose a la compleja topografía y contemplando las magníficas vistas al mar. Se trata de una construcción irregular, abierta y libre formada por espacios únicos y cambiantes bajo la luz, que se fusionan con el entorno.

 La combinación de materiales propios de la arquitectura popular mediterránea, como los muros de piedra natural y las cubiertas con bóveda de teja o las baldosas de terracota, hacen de Casa Ugalde un hito de la arquitectura moderna. Siendo seleccionada por la prestigiosa revista japonesa a+u como una de las 33 casas del siglo XX más importantes a nivel internacional, y declarada por la Generalitat de Catalunya, desde 2003, Bien Cultural de Interés Nacional.

Las lámparas de Santa & Cole, Nagoya, Tatú y la familia Cesta, gozan de unas vistas privilegiadas en Casa Ugalde, un espacio inigualable. 

Credits

Photography Salva López
Art direction Clara Quintana 
Texts Julia Petterson and Carolina Rojas

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